Merck Lawyers Can Dig Through Juror's Personal Records

Law360, New York (September 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Texas judge ruled Friday that Merck & Co. can peek at the bank and cell phone records of a juror involved in the sixth case over the painkiller Vioxx to go to trial, which resulted in a $32 million verdict for the plaintiff.

The case was the first in which Merck was found liable for a death caused by the short-term use of Vioxx.

The juror in question is Jose Manuel Rios, who admitted in a post-trial deposition that he had borrowed up to $10,000...
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